Seniors Receive Help with Essential Needs From Rideshare Services

The COVID-19 pandemic has put many things on hold for people throughout the world. For seniors, this means caregiver visits are now done with masks on at all times.  Family visits are virtual and doctor’s appointments have been delayed or pushed back indefinitely. Rideshare services such as Lyft are now stepping in to help get seniors to essential doctor appointments and fulfill other needs.

Essential Help

While there is no age limit for driving, many seniors opt not to drive due to various reasons. These may include a medical condition, the expense associated with it, or being able to take public transportation. COVID-19 has made people who can’t drive, reconsider how they can take care of essential tasks. Companies like Lyft and Hop Skip Drive are helping seniors meet their needs in the absence of family members who are unable to see them due to the pandemic.

Hop Skip Drive, is a transportation service that originally started to pick up and drop off children. They no have started to offer transportation to seniors after becoming a government agency partner in 2019. When the pandemic began, the service started offering support to seniors who became isolated by taking seniors to the grocery store. They also partnered with Meals on Wheels to deliver food and pick it up from restaurants.

Lyft Partners with Organizations for Senior Rides

Since March, the rideshare provider Lyft has offered to help give people safe transportation for essential needs through their LyftUp initiative. In early September, the organizations Black Clergy of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Council of Clergy partnered with Lyft to give seniors ride credits that they can use to go to designated medical locations and testing locations. They started the partnership to encourage parishioners to take care of the physical health safely and to fill the gap created by the pandemic.

If your loved one’s regular care has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Newport Beach or Orange County, CA, reach out to Optimum Senior Care Solutions. Our caregivers can help meet essential needs like trips to the grocery store, transportation to doctor’s appointments, and offer companionship. Contact us to learn how we can help your elderly loved one.